American Literature


imgres.jpgWelcome to Ms. Ellis’

American Literature class!

Use the following calendar to keep track of your current and future assignments. Once you click on a specific date, you will see the activities that are assigned for that specific day. For instance, the homework that is placed on April 9, is the specific assignment I would like you to complete the evening of April 9. If you are confused by the calendar below, please email me prior to the specified due date.

Collaborative Blog Projects

i heart blogging

Check the list for the Collaborative Blog Project:

Directions: Please follow these directions carefully.

Need Inspiration? Check out some of your peers’ work in the “Our Year” section. Click on the hyperlinked blogs for each period.




  • PSAT= Oct. 19
  • Midterms= Dec. 19-21


Major Units in American Literature



1) the frontier, 2) the value of the individual, 3) American exceptionalism, 4) the role of morality, and 5) the context of class.

Major Texts:

First Quarter

  • “What is an American” by Jean de Crevecoeur
  • The Crucible  by Arthur Miller
  • Transcendentalist essays by Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau

Second Quarter

  • Transcendentalist essays by Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau cont.
  • Nathaniel Hawthorn’s “Young Goodman Brown”
  • Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Fall of the House of Usher”
  • Poetry Unit (Walt Whitman,  Emily Dickinson, Sylvia Plath, Anne Sexton, Nikki Giovanni, Wallace Stevens)
  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

Third Quarter

  • Langston Hughes & Harlem Renaissance Writing
  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • excerpts from Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi
  • Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

Fourth Quarter

  • The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
  • The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon
  • The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz

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